Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Light of Heaven

I love the first words spoken by Zechariah, after 9 months of God-ordained silence, when his infant son John the Baptist was presented to the LORD for circumcision:

"Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them.
He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David,
just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us.

He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant with them,
the covenant he gave to our ancestor Abraham.
We have been rescued from our enemies,
so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness forever.

And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High,
because you will prepare the way for the LORD.
You will tell his people how to find salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

Because of God's tender mercy, the light of heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of perfect peace."
(Luke 1:68-79)

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